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Chicopee Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

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Child buying ice cream airlifted to hospital after being struck by car

A child buying ice cream Sunday was struck by a passing vehicle, Georgia State Patrol said.

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SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

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Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in Forsyth County

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County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.  

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Kipper Tool Co. celebrates military contract milestone

Kipper Tool Co. celebrates military contract milestone

A Gainesville company is celebrating hitting the halfway mark in an $85 million contract with the Army to assemble and deliver 5-ton tool systems used in military engineering and demolition jobs.

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Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations

It’s not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

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The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled

With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

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Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

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Electric car owners take hit with new tax

Electric car owners take hit with new tax

A new state tax structure that takes effect Wednesday has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

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Spraygrounds require regular checking of chemical levels

Spraygrounds require regular checking of chemical levels

Kayla Spurlock watched Monday afternoon as her daughter enjoyed the sprayground at Laurel Park. She takes Violet, who is 18 months old, about once a week to the area where she can play in the water spraying up from the ground.

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Gainesville school board approves 2016 budget

After a few budget amendments, the Gainesville City Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2016 budget at its regular meeting Monday.

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Walters re-elected chairman of ports authority board

Walters re-elected chairman of ports authority board

Gainesville businessman Jim Walters was re-elected Monday as chairman of the board of directors for the Georgia Ports Authority.

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Fire destroys North Hall home

Fire destroys North Hall home

A North Hall home was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

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Man in serious condition after hit-and-run on Clarks Bridge Road

Man in serious condition after hit-and-run on Clarks Bridge Road

A Gainesville man, known locally as “Country,” is still in serious condition at the hospital after he was hit Thursday night by a car on Clarks Bridge Road.

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Class Notes: University of North Georgia supporting meal program in July

Free meals will be provided through the remainder of the summer across North Georgia thanks to help from the University of North Georgia.

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New hotel fee brings big hurt to low- and fixed-income guests

New hotel fee brings big hurt to low- and fixed-income guests

The tired eyes of Justin Biggerstaff grew more weary when he learned that he’ll soon be paying an extra $5 per night for his family, which includes three young kids, to stay at the Gainesville Inn and Suites on Jesse Jewell Parkway over the next month or so while he seeks permanent housing.

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Veterans enjoy Lake Lanier getaway

Veterans enjoy Lake Lanier getaway

Soon it would be time for the veterans to climb on planes and return home to their everyday lives.

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Lakeview's Kennedy signs 5-year contract, plans for future

Lakeview's Kennedy signs 5-year contract, plans for future

After five years as Lakeview Academy’s head of school, John Kennedy is planning at least five more.

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Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

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Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

The pungent, yet pleasant, summery smell of chlorine filled the nostrils of roughly 75 children as they swam through the waters of Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, but they didn’t seem to mind.

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Gillsville Highway at Athens Highway re-opens after fire

Gillsville Highway was closed at Athens Highway for part of Sunday night while authorities worked to contain a fire. No one was transported to the hospital with injuries, according to authorities.

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Hall firefighters battle early Sunday blaze

No one was injured as Hall County firefighters battled a blaze Sunday morning at an empty 8,000-square-foot commercial building.

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Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

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Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Bernie Wolf sells the kind of windows built to frame beauty, be it the glistening waters of Lake Lanier or the rugged magnificence of the North Georgia mountains.

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Hall faces adoption gap: More kids than parents available

In Hall County, 15 of 63 children free for adoption need a permanent family, a problem the Division of Family and Children Services hopes to solve through a summer marketing campaign.

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New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

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Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County’s bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

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Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

“Take your pick,” Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. “Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs.”

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Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

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Ask the Times: Reader sheds light on airport racetrack query

In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.

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Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau University’s first class of physical therapy students are the state’s “hungriest, most hardworking” future doctors.

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'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

The outcome of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage had some Hall County residents and politicians pleased, while others maintained their opposition to the 5-4 landmark decision.

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Canada pushes for repeal of US food labeling

United States labeling requirements that force meatpackers to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered have stirred ire among countries that feel the mandates are discriminatory.

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Coyote sightings in Gainesville raise rabies fears

Residents around Riverside Drive and Island Drive in Gainesville have reported sightings of a possible rabid coyote, an animal whose population is on the rise in North Georgia.

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Abandoned Forsyth subdivision to come down

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House boat a total loss after morning fire

A large, unoccupied houseboat in Buford caught fire Friday morning after suspected electrical malfunctions, authorities said.

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Bojangles' coming to Braselton

Bojangles' coming to Braselton

Braselton residents don’t have to wait until opening day to get their first taste from the city’s new Bojangles’.

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Hall approves mixed-use development, disbands Civil Service Board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a mixed-use development in South Hall near the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, as well as disbanding the Civil Service Board and changing business licensing fees.

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Clermont OKs fireworks ordinance

Clermont Town Council voted Thursday to OK a law regulating the sale and use of consumer fireworks, acting under a state law taking effect Wednesday that expands their sale and use.

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Local poultry producer withdraws IPO

Citing an unfavorable market, an Oakwood-based poultry producer has withdrawn its planned initial stock offering.

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Hall County OKs $93.6 million budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 on Thursday night to approve a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase.

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Community foundation looking for leader

Community foundation looking for leader

A widespread search for the new president and chief executive officer of North Georgia Community Foundation has begun.

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Authorities: Cleveland man charged with electronic enticement of minor

A Cleveland man was arrested following a two-week undercover investigation for electronic enticement of a child, authorities said.

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Latinos, African-Americans to rally Monday to end at-large voting in Gainesville

Latino and African-American political organizers will meet Monday afternoon for what is being called a historic alliance to protest Gainesville’s at-large voting system.

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Hobby Lobby, Chipotle officially coming to Dawsonville Highway development

Hobby Lobby, Chipotle officially coming to Dawsonville Highway development

Plans are moving forward for a large development on Dawsonville Highway, where Hobby Lobby, Chipotle and Academy Sports + Outdoors are all slated to open this fall or winter.

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High court upholds federal insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

More than 412,000 Georgians can receive federal tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance in a ruling Thursday.

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Lanier Tech receives $400,000 gift for scholarship fund

Pauline Ivey couldn’t afford to get a higher education, but she wanted to make sure others could.

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Jobless rate rises to 5.1 percent in metro Gainesville

Metro Gainesville's unemployment rate took a bump up for the first time this year in May, rising to to 5.1 percent from 4.7 percent in April, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

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Lanier Tech program to help students receive help with diplomas

Jessica Lee is working on a degree so she can better support her 8-year-old son Ethan.

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Wrigley to add 155 jobs at Flowery Branch plant

Wrigley to add 155 jobs at Flowery Branch plant

A group watched as cinderblock-sized hunks of gum inched along a conveyer belt before being pressed into sheets and sent down the line. There was mint in the air — a lot of it — and the unaccustomed eyes of visitors watered with the scent of Wrigley’s gum.

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Quinlan campers paint ‘art car’

Quinlan campers paint ‘art car’

Some summer campers are taking part in a unique experience this year by painting and repainting an “art car.”

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Badge & Bar: Judge denies man’s request to dismiss charges in homeless attacks

Hall County Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller denied a Gainesville man’s request to dismiss charges for two alleged attacks on homeless people.

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Hobby Lobby coming to Gainesville

Hobby Lobby is set to open a new store in Gainesville. Construction has begun on the 55,000-square-foot building at 1146 Dawsonville Highway NW near Ahaluna Drive in North Lake Square.

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Police: Reports of rabid coyote in Gainesville

The Gainesville Police Department is warning the public about a possible rabid coyote.

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Charitable fund set up in honor of Gus Whalen

Charitable fund set up in honor of Gus Whalen

A fund has been set up in memory of business and civic leader Gus Whalen, who died Sunday.

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Local AME church hosts vigil for Charleston shooting victims

Local AME church hosts vigil for Charleston shooting victims

While the destructive actions of one person can upset a nation, local residents sought to show that the unifying action of prayer is a more powerful force than any individual.

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Flowery Branch approves zoning for fireworks sales

Flowery Branch City Council members approved an ordinance Wednesday clarifying where certain fireworks sales establishments can hold business, but it wasn’t without some reluctance.

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North Forsyth woman arrested for Sunday’s hit-and-run incident


New, wider Clarks Bridge opens

New, wider Clarks Bridge opens

The resurgent Lake Lanier Olympic Venue now has a shiny new bridge on its doorstep.

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Students in summer class at UNG for high school credit

Students in summer class at UNG for high school credit

While other kids their age enjoy time by the pool or engage in other summertime fun, 88 students participating in the Steps to College program are spending their summer hitting the books as a part of an enrichment program at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia.

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Police: Elderly man in electric scooter, others arrested in alleged Wal-Mart TV theft

An elderly man on an electric scooter allegedly aided two other suspects in stealing a 50-inch flat screen television from Wal-Mart early Monday, Oakwood Police said.

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Free meals will still be available at some schools through July

Free meals will still be available at some schools through July

June is coming to a close, and so are many lunchrooms in Hall County and Gainesville schools.

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Bill in Congress would boost Amtrak funding

Bill in Congress would boost Amtrak funding

Amtrak, which has had a longtime presence in Hall County, could get a serious funding boost if a bill now moving through Congress eventually passes.

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Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon

The new Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon but no later than Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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Man escapes smoking passenger van

Man escapes smoking passenger van

A man smelled smoke Tuesday afternoon while driving and exited the van before it was in flames, fire officials said.

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Coroner: Atlanta Street man killed by gunshot wound to head

Coroner: Atlanta Street man killed by gunshot wound to head

A Gainesville man killed at the Atlanta Street Apartments June 15 suffered a gunshot wound to the head, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck said Tuesday.

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The Local Agenda: Hall board set to vote on development, Civil Service change

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on several items Thursday that have been materializing for awhile, including a proposed mixed-use development on Friendship Road and changes to the Civil Service Act.

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Lot could alleviate UNG parking problems at Gainesville campus

Lot could alleviate UNG parking problems at Gainesville campus

Students have been complaining about the parking options at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia for several years, but their troubles may soon be over thanks to an existing park-and-ride lot off Exit 17 of Interstate 985.

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Four indicted in case involving Buford man’s death

Four people accused by Gwinnett County Police of racing down a Buford road in April 2014 were indicted Wednesday in the death of a 24-year-old Buford man.

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Gillsville street improvements now underway

Gillsville street improvements now underway

An eye cast toward busy Ga. 52, which cuts through tiny Gillsville on the Hall-Banks County line, Melissa Grizzle said the heavy sidewalk construction in front of her restaurant hasn’t hurt business.

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Hall County school board approves final 2016 budget

The Hall County school board approved its fiscal year 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night, including a slight increase in the millage rate.

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Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

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Search on for driver who struck pedestrian north of Cumming

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Class Notes: Teacher interns at UGA genetics lab this summer

Laurie Brown, a science teacher at World Language Academy in Flowery Branch, is spending her summer in someone else’s science lab.

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